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>> yes, indeed. >> good morning to you, sir. >> good morning. cold start to the day. you knew it would be. temperatures in the 20s and 30s again this morning. but we'll have a pretty nice day on tap. take a look at your temperatures right now. 33degrees here in washington. that is the warm spot. baltimore at 25. dulles airport at 23. fredericksburg, 28 degrees there. it is 32 degrees in ocean city so definitely a the day. here is a look at the satellite- radar composite. once again, not much to show you this morning. we'll have mainly clear skies today, another day where we see a good amount of sunshine. we'll have a nice bright sunrise during the 7:00 hour this morning and then a little bit warmer today than it was yesterday so not bad at all. here is your forecast. look for mostly sunny skies today. it will be more pleasant. temperatures a little bit above normal. we're looking for a high of about 50 degrees in the district. 48 in germantown. 51 in fredericksburg. we'll have more details on the
forecast coming up in just a little bit. >> thank you. let's get a check of your on- time traffic with julie wright. >> good morning. so far, so good. no incidents reported right now around the beltway. you will find that your lanes are open. traveling northbound 395 coming across the 14th street bridge, right now, this is an easy commute as you work your way across the potomac headed over to the southeast-southwest freeway. lanes are open in southeast washington coming across the anacostia brims. an again, the beltway is running smoothly in each direction traveling between tyson's and 270. no signs of any overnight roadwork over in the hot lane zone or on the beltway traveling between college park and bethesda. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. now to the latest in the penn state child sex abuse case. former assistant coach jerry sandusky will be in court this morning and his lawyers say he is actually looking forward to it. as many as 10 young men could publicly testify against sandusky for the first time at today's preliminary hearing. his lawyers say he is eying fore face his accusers and they want to lock witnesses into
testimony and learn more about the government's case. sandusky maintains his innocence despite being accused of more than 50 counts of child sex abuse. -- his lawyers say he is eager to face his accusers. time running out on the payroll tax cut due to expire on december 31st. the house is voting today on a republican plan to extend it so everyone's taxes doesn't go up but the provision includes a re the keystone pipeline that president obama has promised to veto. democrats say it does not have a chance of passing. four protestors with occupy d.c. are on a hunger strike this morning and they won't stop until congress gives full voting rights to the district of columbia in congress. they are demanding a meeting with congressman darryl issa who chairs the committee over seeing the district. yesterday, they tried to meet senate majority leader harry reid. making headline this morning, police shoot and kill a man believed to have been
walking around a dietz housing complex shooting into homes. -- a d.c. housing complex shooting into homes. stacy cohan live on the scene in northeast with the latest. >> reporter: steve, d.c. police are still out here on the scene. we have part of the housing complex that is taped off as a result of this incident with this man walking around firing a gun. this all started around 7:00 last night. neighbors called police. apparently, this man was walking around shooting randomly into the air, shooting in the direction of homes, apparently at no one individual in particular and then he would put the gun away, walk around and begin firing once again. now, d.c. police did arrive on the scene. they ordered this man to put his gun away. did he not comply and continued. in all, we're told by witnesses he fired at least 30 gunshots. >> during the course of officer as rifing on the scene, the gunman continued to fire. officers gave commands for the
gunman to drop the gun. he did not. the officers fired their weapons at the suspect and he went down. they immediately went to where the suspect was and began to administer cpr. he was in bad shape when they got on scene. >> reporter: that suspect later died. we do not have his name. police are still out here. what will likely happen is this started at 7:00 last night. they are waiting for daylight just to walk around and complete their investigation. i'm stacy cohan. back to you. a prince george's county school supervisor charged with child pornography. jeffy sopher is the supervisor of operations within the school system. faces federal charges including possession and distribution of child porning on fri. a spokesperson says the safety of our students is our number one priority. once the allegation was brought to our attention, we immediately removed the employee from the school district. at family of derek crouse has laid him to rest. the funeral was held on campus
yesterday four days after he was shot to death during a traffic stop. officer crouse encountered 22- year-old ross ashley thursday afternoon. he was not involved in the traffic stop. police say he walked up, fired the gun and walked away. hundreds paid their respects to the officer's family including his wife and their five children. >> from the moment we heard the news on thursday, our hearts were gripped by the sadness and yet emboldened by what heroes will do for the cause of freedom and justice. and like so many things that seem to happen in this world today, there are acts of violence and acts of hatred that we can never fully explain. >> ashley later shot and killed himself. new details surrounding the u.s. surveillance drone that went down in iran.
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making headlines, four army soldiers are killed in a helicopter crash in washington state. two choppers crashed late last night at a base near tacoma. they went down in a training area but it is not clear exactly what happened. the army is not releasing the names of the four soldiers killed in the crash. two other soldiers were also injured. a new chapter in relations with iraq. president obama who was meeting the prime minister of iraq at the white house, says the u.s. will now have normal relations with iraq. when the last combat troops leave by the end of this month, it will mark the end of almost nine years of war. the president seemed to warn iran for not to interfere with hits neighbor and says the u.s. anti-rack will maintain strong ties. >> we are taking all of our troops out of iraq. we will not have any bases up side of iraq. make no mistake. our strong presence in the middle east endures. >> president obama travels to ft. bragg, north carolina tomorrow to speak with troops and their
families about the sack files and achievements of american forces. officials in iran say scherr close to retrieving data from an american surveillance drone that went down in that country. fox news reports the drone could not establish contact with the base over the weekend and as a result was programmed to be put in a destruction mode but got stuck in a landing mode. chances are you've seen the drivers caught in work zones. >> are the speed cameras a little unfair? we'll hear from aaa. >> the answer is yes, they are. i'm sorry. we have the latest on today's forecast. it will be a pretty decent day. and julie wright is here to tell us what is happening on the roads. stay with us. fox 5 morning news will be right back. l an ordinary breakfast pastry
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have you to be 18 or older to enter and live in d.c., maryland or virginia. you can see the complete rules on our win site, myfoxdc.com. tony perkins with us with a look at our forecast. >> hello there. not a bad day today. temperatures a little bit above normal. certainly above where we were yesterday. we topped out at 46-degree here in the district. and we'll add a few degrees to that today. >> like that. >> but not right now. current temperature, 32 degrees in washington. so, we're at the freezing mark here. it is pretty cold out there. 33 in annapolis. 30degrees in quantico. 25 in gaithersburg. 24 in baltimore. dulles is at 24 degrees. winchester, 23 degrees. so a cold start to the day. another morning where you will need the winter coat. let's take a look at the sat lighted radar composite for the region -- satellite raid or composite for the region. we have agot mostly clear skies across here. we will see a couple of clouds come through later on but for the most part, it will be sunny
today. our next weather system well out to the west as a combination of two fronts will make their way through here for the middle part of the week. and the secondary front will bring some rain showers along with it. let me show you how things are going to be shaping up for the middle part of the week as we take a look at the position of the jet stream. jet stream rising up to the north. we've got high pressure in control for now keeping things calm and quiet for the middle part of this week that. will allow our temperatures to chime into the mid-50s. that is above normal and that is not bad at all. we'll take it for this time of year. for today, here is what the forecast looks like. lots of sunshine today. a little warmer this afternoon. as i said, we are looking for a high of about 50 degrees. then for tonight, another cold night but perhaps not as cold for some of you. partly cloudy. 32degrees for your overfight low in town. then the five-day forecast, tomorrow, not a bad day for your wednesday.
we'll look for highs in the low 50s. by thursday, mid- and upper 50s but we do have a few showers in the forecast for thursday as those frontal boundaries come through. friday, a couple of showers are possible. 54degrees to your high and then on saturday, partly sunny skies, back down to the mid- 40s. that is a look at what is happening with the weather. now, let's find out what is happening with traffic. for the latest, we go to julie wright. >> good morning. right now, we are offy to aquiet start. no incidents to report this morning as you work your way around southbound 270 coming in out of clarkburg headed out towards the lane divide. an easy commute as you travel south of 121. no problems to report as you make your way around the beltway traveling between i-95 and 355. you will find yourself at speed. 395 here at took street also at speed as you guys work your way northbound headed out towards seminary road. quiet trip on the beltway inner loop as you work your way between the robinson terminal and your exit there at 66. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. the numbers are in for the
speed cameras along the capital beltway. more than 21,000 drivers ticketed in three months. fox 5 money reporter melanie alnwick has more on the dollars and sense of the maryland safe don't program. >> reporter: the work don't so 495 runs between just two exits, new hampshire avenue and university boulevard. yet, 234 drivers a day on average are ticketed for speeding through here making it one. the more ticketed zones in the state. the speed limit is 55. >> that may be why you have so many tickets because no one drives that speed limit. >> reporter: the top ward goes to the work zen on i-59 north and south, 075 drivers a day on average nailed for speeding between i-695 and i-895 near baltimore. the safe zones program started in 2009. today, there are seven mobile cameras rotating in 10 active state highway work zones. drivers going 12 miles or more over the speed limit get clocked 24 hours a day, seven
days a week even if there are no workers present. aaa mid-atlantic says the state's program has been handled better than some of the controversial county and city camera programs. >> sometimes, the camera systems themselves are not fair. we have cameras that are swatsed on hills. we have cameras that are hidden behind objects and the guideline say you shouldn't do that. >> reporter: on state highways, signs are are large and plentiful. >> you are warped almost every inch of the way. -- you are warned almost every inch of the way. >> reporter: drivers are getting the message with fewer tickets and fewer accidents as time goes on. even though $31 million in fines have been issued, the state says $7 million has now been paid. after administrative costs and pavements to the vendor, sha said the cameras made about $16
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taking a live look outside. things looking very calm. beautiful clear skies shaping up to be a good day today. this tuesday, december 13th. i should know this. it is my birthday month. december13th. let get on with with the stories of the day. a military service member facing some pretty serious charges this morning. >> police say he carjacked and kidnapped a tactsy driver just to go on a shopping spree at target. bob barnard explains. >> reporter: it was last wednesday night. the target store on rockville pike in bethesda. montgomery county police say the 23-year-old suspect, andrew gerald roberts, and a woman named amber, who appears to be
pregnant are entering the store immediately after carjacking a cabbie. investigators say roberts and the woman had been picked up at walter reed national military medical center in bethesda listing building 62 as their residence. building 62 is the wounded warrior barracks. according to police, the driver of this barwood taxi was allegedly kidnapped soon after pulling into the target parking lot. >> the suspect told the driver get in the passenger seat and he got -- the suspect got into the driver's seat with the other suspect -- the other person in the cab. the three of them proceeded south on rockville pike involved in a minor property damage collision with another vehicle, did not remain at the scene, turned around accounts went back to the target. >> reporter: this surveillance video was taken during the return visit to target. that is the cabbie getting out of passenger side. he will look at the damage to the back of his car and appears upset. police say roberts refused to
pay the $18 fare allegedly calling the immigrant driver vulgar names accusing him of being drunk and threatening him. >> when the suspect made his demands, the taxi driver pulled out a cell phone at which point the suspect said not a good idea to use your cell phone. >> reporter: about an hour later after finishing their shopping, roberts appears to be checking to see if the coast is clear. he goes back into the store and moments later, the woman walks out and he soon follows now heading to harold hunter's cab. hunter says he remembers them well. >> they were smoking cigarettes so by the woman being pregnant and smoking cigarettes, i don't think that would have been the norm. they were not irrational, erratic or anything. >> police say andrew roberts is out of jail on a $3,500 bond.
they have not yet decided whether to charge the woman he was with. officials at the hospital in bethesda would not say whether roberts is a patient or employee, only that he is a member of the military stationed at walter reed. wild chase through a neighborhood. not a car chase though. still ahead, what happened when dozens of feral hogs escaped. >> reporter: a man wandered through a d.c. housing complex indiscriminately firing dozens of shots. police confront him. i'll tell you what happened coming up. just got a little fender bender. oh, jerry, i'm so sorry. i would love to help but remember, you dropped us last month. yeah, you know it's funny. it only took 15 minutes to sign up for that new auto insurance company but it's taken a lot longer to hear back. is your car up a pole again? [ crying ] i miss you, jessica! jerry, are you crying? no, i just, i bit my tongue.
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only at safeway. ingredients for life. . things shaping up to be a pretty good day out there today. thursday, december 13, 2011. i think you will like what is in store weather-wise today if you are going to do some christmas shopping at least later, i think, right? >> yes. >> a little bit of a warm-up anyway. >> we'll have a little bit of a warm-up. how does 50 degrees sound to you? >> i like it. going to be a decent day today. let's take a look. if you are getting the kids ready for school, we'll start with the bus stop forecast. hopefully, you are not getting them ready this early. temperature are going to be in the 20s and low 30s this morning so you will need to bundle up. we will see mostly sunny skies
but sunrise doesn't begin until very -- or doesn't happen until about 7:18. a cold start to the day. 32degrees at reagan national. 24 at beth dulles and bwi marshall. forecast for today, sunshine, milder temperatures. a dry day, no rain in the forecast. looking for highs right around 50 degrees today. not bad at all. we'll take it. it is a couple of degrees above normal. so enjoy the day. >> thank you, tony. >> you're welcome. >> check in with julie wright to get a look at traffic now. >> what's so funny, maureen. she's got the giggles this morning. >> tony just has such a bright personality. he means make me smile every time i look at him. >> that is very nice. >> i have just the complete opposite reaction. >> all right, you. >> that's right. i got behave. santa is watching. we're looking pretty good on the roads. we are off for a quiet start.
for incidents to report coming south along 270. an easy drive coming nowft clarkburg. it looks good off of i-07 leaving 15 coming in out of frederick. no problem spots to report headed in towards german up two. overall, an easy ride so far southbound along 270. beltway is in good shape traveling between 95 and your exits for georgia avenue. traffic volume rolling at speed some both the main line and hovs as you guys leave landmark headed up to the 14th street bridge. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. want to take you now to the latest in the penn state child sex abuse case. jerry sandusky is heading to court this morning and lawyers say he is actually looking forward to it. as many as 10 young men could publicly testify against sandusky for the first time at today's prelim hearing. lawyers claim he is eager to face his accusers, lock witnesses into testimony and learn more about the government's case against him. the hearing is scheduled to begin at 8:30 this morning.
a man suspected of randomly firing off shots at an apartment died after d.c. police shot him. this all went down along clay terrace in northeast d.c. where stacey cohan is this morning. >> reporter: a very scary evening for residents here of the clay terrace in 59300 block. this started about 7:00 last night where the man was wandering around just firing a gun. witnesses say he would fire shots in the air, at homes and then put the gun away for some times before bringing it out again and starting the process all over. now, police were called out to the scene for reports of this man firing a weapon. some people thought he was high on drugs. we talked to police chief kathy lanier about why she believes this may have happened, this man firing what could be as many as 30 gunshots. >> there were several calls that came in. first, for a man with a gun shooting at the houses. then calls came in for a person
high on pcp firing a weapon. as officers enterrd the block, they heard the gunfire and observed the subject with a gun firing. >> reporter: now, when the man refused to drop his weapon, they did fire on him. cpr was performed on the suspect at the scene although he later died. they do suspect that pcp or perhaps some other drug was involved but we do not confirmation. police are on the scene and will probably continue their investigation once daylight breaks. i'm stacy cohan. back to you. >> thank you. and police are still looking for people responsible identify deadly shooting in reston. a man found shot on cameron crescent drive. he later died of his wounds. investigators say three men were spotted leaving the scene. they have not yet dairmd motive but believe there is no threat to the -- determine a motive but believe there is no threat to the public. president obama will sit down this morning for interviews with four tv stations whose cities have large military communities.
the white house says mr. obama will talk about the sacrifices and achievements of those who served in iraq and this all comes as the u.s. gets ready to pull all troops out of the country. the president will also speak later today ate acampaign event in the d.c. area. speaking of president obama, the president and the president of iraq are together at the white house to announce the end of the war. the pentagon says it will meet the december 31st deadline to pull combat soldiers out. as tom fitzgerald explains, this morning, there are only 6,000 troops left and they're getting ready to head home. >> reporter: the united states and iraq are looking back at eight years of war and an uncertain future. >> in the. coming days, last american soldiers will cross the border out of iraq with honor and with their heads held high. >> reporter: at the white house, president obama met with iraq's prime minister nouri al- maliki and he says his government will survive the u.s. pullout. >> this is necessary and serves
the interest of the united states of america. this make us feel that we will succeed. >> reporter: the u.s. combat mission ended last year. president obama sped up full withdrawal after iraq would not agree on terms to keep a smaller force. the iraq war started in march 2003. the shock and a bombing campaign gave way to a three- week invasion and later the capture of saddam hussein. >> major combat operations in iraq have ended. >> reporter: as the search for weapons of mass destruction came up empty, the u.s. found themselves in a iraqi civil war. to meet the unsurge intelligence i, the u.s. launched a 30,000 troop surge. violence slowly eased as insurgents became part of iraq's new government.
now, with the december 31st pullout date approaching, the u.s. is turning over military bases to iraqi forces. >> we are upholding the security agreement and leaving on time. >> reporter: meanwhile, at arlington national cemetery, the president and the prime minister monday honor the true costs of war. tom fitzgerald, fox 5 news. >> we are continuing to follow new developments in the up rest in syria as well. up next, it -- the unrest in syria as well. up next, it could be far more deadly than first thought. the drow dropped 163 points. the nasdaq fell over 35 points. the sell offcontinues in aaron i can't with japan's nikkei losing more than 100 points. -- the dow dropped 163 points. we're back in a moment. ment.
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she wants syria referred to the international criminal court but russia and china have blocked any sanctions on syria. lawmakers here on capitol hill running out of time to extend the payroll tax cut. later today, the house will vote on a republican plan to extend it. so everybody's taxes do not go up on january 1st but the measure includes a provision to moving forward on the keystone pipeline, something opposed by the president and because of that, democrats in the senate say it does not have a chance of passing. it is a wild hog chase in texas after dozens of feral hogs escaped from a slot are house. hogs got out of their pen sunday afternoon sprinting through a ft. worth, texas neighborhood. bet you don't see that every day. animal control's wildlife rescue team was able to capture most of the animals but say a few may still be on the loose. the city is euthanizing the hogs they have caught because the animals are huge and hard to deal w.
an australian radio presenter set a new guiness world record for the longest one on one radio or television interview on monday. richard glover interviewed author peter fits simmons for 24 hours. the rules do not allow any questions to be repeated. >> i don't think that will be rebroadcast any time soon. often a problem for women who breast feed. a woman said she had a nervous encounter in public. >> you didn't do this. it is indecent exposure. i wouldn't call it aggressive. i would just call it startling. >> the security guard at a building in our area, did he violate her civil rights? that is. cog up next. the commute on 395 here. we'll also check the forecast. it will warm up a little bit. we'll leave it at that. [ male announcer ] this...is the network --
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♪ we'll take a look outside once again from our tore cam. temperatures a little chilly right now but should warm up. let's get the expert opinion from the man who knows best. >> always sounds good. >> that would be me. it will be a decent day today. it is a cold start. we're going to get used to this
now. it is that time of year. it is mid-december so that is how it is going to be. we will see above normal temperatures for the next couple of days. i wouldn't say exactly warm but milder air working its way in here so that is not bad. let's take a look. we'll start with the current temperatures around the region right now. it is 32 degrees here in washington. quantico, virginia is at 30 degrees. so is leonardtown, maryland. baltimore is at 24 degrees. gaithersburg, 21. check it out, frederick, 19 degrees. they're repeating what they did yesterday morning with the temperatures in the teens. man aas coming in at 21 degrees. all right. here is a look at sentinel satellite-radar. we have mostly clear skies. we do see some clouds well out to the west across portions of west virginia but frankly, i think those are going to break up. the next real weather maker is way out to the west across the mississippi river valley into portions of the midwest.
there is a rainmaker out there. apts frontal boundary that will gradually get here and then bring us a chance of some rain showers on thursday. maybe on friday as well for some of our viewers down to the south. -- it is a frontal boundary that will gradually get here. high pressure dominates today. that means things will be quiet here. it will be a dry day and we'll see milder temperatures under a lot of sunshine. our temperatures should climb up to around 50 degrees or so. so the forecast for today look like this. it is simple. mostly sunny skies, a little bit warmer. yesterday, we got into the mid- 40s. today, right around 50. a little bit breezy. wind out of northwest five to 10 miles per hour. then for tonight, more of the same. 32-degree for your overnight low in town. many of you will be in the 20s again. partly cloudy skies, a cold night as you are used to by now. then the five-day forecast, tomorrow, even better. 52degrees under partly sunny skies. thursday is mild but there will be plenty of clouds. there will be some showers
during the course of the day. 58degrees for your high. friday, maybe some afternoon or evening showers particularly south and east of the city. and then saturday, partly sunny but we cool off again to 45 degrees. now, let's get to julie wright and get an update on traffic. >> all right. good morning to you. right now, we are off day quiet start again. volume increasing but no incidents to report starting to seat blackup flowing as you work your way from i-70 leaving frederick at this point. no problems here at shady grove road. main line rolling at speed head out towards the lane divide. your lanes are open if you are traveling 395 at duke street headed out towards seminary road. gallows road north of 129 for the accident reported. -- north of 29 for the accident reported. eastbound 66 starting to pick up some volume now out of manassas but no problems to report leaving fair oaks headed in towards vienna. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. you would expect to shell out more change on the dulles
toll road or the dulles greenway starting january 1st. those tolls will go up again on both roads. drivers will have to pay an extra 55 cents for a within- with a trip from the toll road at the beltway to the greenway in leesburg. it could be just the beginning of higher tolls. virginia state corporation commission has okayed a plan for greenway officials to raise the tolls every year between now and 2020. v-do the making several traffickism provens around the mark center that include retiming traffic signals, installing new signs and adding turning lanes. -- v-d.o.t. making several traffic improvements around the mark center. a d.c. mother is upset over
how she was treated at the dmv and it wasn't over a parking or speeding ticket. it was because she was breast feeding her son. she claims a security guard accused her of indecent exposure. the incident has one councilmember calling for change. matt ackland has this story. >> this was shielding me and i had a jacket on top of it. >> she describes how she was breast feeding her 4-month-old son in a hallway at the dmv when she says a security guard approached and told her what she was doing was wrong. >> you can't do this. it is indecent exposure that, type of thing. so i wouldn't call it aggressive. i would just call it startling. >> reporter: she says her breast was covered as she nursed her son and there was nothing indecent about it. she did stop breast feeding but was not kicked out. >> i think it is a case where people are just not aware of the law in the district of columbia. >> reporter: councilmember jim graham says security guards should be better trained. graham introduced child's right
to nurse law in 2007 making it clear a woman can breast feed anywhere public or private. >> i think the training is the answer mere. >> reporter: this is not an isolated incident. earlier this year, about 100 mothers held a nurse-in at the smithsonian hirshorn museum. this came after a security officer told a breast feeding mother to leave the public area and go nurse on a toilet. >> reporter: simone doesn't want to see the security officer in her case suspended or term nailtd but she is peeking out publicly because she wants to educate other guards -- terminated but she is peeking out publicly because she wants to educate other guards. >> -- but she is speaking out publicly because she wants to educate other guards. >> when i now go to nurse, i feel apprehensive and maybe he can wait to eat. i feel almost as if something has been taken from me.
>> the security officer involves this this incident tells a different story. she says she offered simone a private room to nurse and she never accused her of indecent exposure. she says that is not true and if she had been offered a private room, she would have taken t. being together for w. -- being together with your family is better than a present for most. >> we'll share some stories as local soldiers return home. [ baby coughing ]
our facebook fan of the day is jessica gallimore. she says she is a faithful fan of fox 5 morning news. home for the holidays. that is a great gift that many local families are getting this year as virginia soldiers arrive back in the region just in time for christmas. >> will thomas reports on national guard troops who are some of the last to return home from iraq. >> it is extremely stressful. so many things happen that you have to handle on your own and you just really hope you do the best you can and then you're just so relieved when they come home. >> a mother of three small children without her husband
for eight long months. same storey for cadeen's mom. >> i was press newschannel 10 -- i was pregnant when he first left. >> reporter: the reunions happened just minutes after our interview. cameras rolling as national guard soldiers arrived in fredericksburg, virginia monday morning after serving in a rack since august. loved ones waiting -- in iraq since august. loved ones waying to hold them tight. with one photographer covering a lot of square feet, here is some of what we captured in the excitement. ment. >> i couldn't be more thankful. i have a new appreciation for everything. >> there is nothing like it.
>> and to be here on christmas, that is my wish. >> reporter: most families reunited under the roof of the national guard armory. cadeen and his dad, the wakeman family together again. remember this couple? well, greg and tracy webster decided to surprise their boys at their nearby school. ol. dylan and kyle may not have had big reactions. >> kind of confused like the middle of school. >> reporter: but no doubt about it, the webster family is thrilled at his arrival and just in time for christmas. will thomas, fox 5 news. >> welcome home. >> any renone is always a -- any reunion is always a good one. >> exactly. >> more than a thousand national guard soldierss are supposed to return home. >> they provided logistical and
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